The 2019-2020 Met Live in HD season launches this October with lush music and stellar casts in Turandot and Manon
Saturday 12 October, 5.55pm | Saturday 26 October, 5.55pm
The new Met Live in HD season starts on Saturday 12 October, with Puccini's final masterpiece, Turandot, broadcast live across the world. Set in mythical ancient China, the story centers around a beautiful princess, as enthralling as she is bloodthirsty, who has her suitors killed unless they can solve the three riddles she poses to them. She meets her match in a mysterious prince who not only defeats her but vows to win her heart. Their emotionally charged power struggle is brought to vivid life through Puccini's melodic and strikingly modern music. Following a critically acclaimed Wagner Ring at the end of last season, dramatic soprano Christine Goerke is back on the Met stage with her fierce portrayal of the icy princess, alongside tenor Roberto Aronica as Calàf, who will bring Puccini's show-stopping aria Nessun Dorma to life. Eleonora Buratto returns to the Met in her role debut as the faithful slave girl Liu, while bass-baritone James Morris, who has performed on the Met stage more than a 1000 times, is Calàf's father, Timur. Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts this dazzling production by Franco Zeffirelli, the ideal setting for the opera with a visual splendour to match its lush score.
Two weeks later, on Saturday 26 October, it's the turn of Massenet's Manon with Lisette Oropesa singing the title role in this tragic tale of a beautiful young woman who is incapable of forsaking both love and luxury. Tenor Michael Fabiano is the besotted Chevalier des Grieux whose desperate love for Manon proves their undoing. Maurizio Benini conducts Laurent Pelly's revival which presents the quintessential tale of a free woman navigating a world of powerful, avaricious men, who grab whatever they want, whatever the consequences and lack self-awareness or empathy. Of his production, Pelly says: "If I had to define my approach, it would be to take a man's view of women at the end of the 19th century. What interested me was to place the opera in its historical context, the time when Massenet wrote the music. And then to sort of draw a parallel to Carmen and Violetta in La Traviata, famous heroines who are sacrificed. A free woman is dangerous. That is what the story is about."